I'm two months post implant on a Biotronik Edora 8 DR-T for SSS from taking metoprolol for AFib with resulting bradycardia. I'm actually Brady/tacky. I acknowledge I still know very little about the pacemaker settings. I tried to ask as many questions as I can but at an interrogation yesterday, I noted the device nurse didn't really seem to know a lot. I do get a printout every time.
I learned most from the posts and researching previous posts. I noted in the archives that there have been numerous discussions about turning off the rate response. I asked yesterday if mine is on and they said yes.I don't know enough to even know what to ask beyond that, but I asked what those settings were and the device nurse didn't say too much.
I'm asking this because I feel like I'm doing great except for two circumstances. I get short of breath going up a hill and going up a flight of stairs. I noticed in the archives that that was a common problem, but the posts I read were probably 10 years old. I'm wondering if that problem has been improved in the pacemakers themselves over that period of time. Posters recommended swinging arms and breathing more rapidly to trigger the PM (I guess,).I did so today but felt it intensified the climb but didn't alleviate the SOB. My pulse on a hill is about 110-128 consistently. Prior to the PM, at times my pulse didn't exceed 85 or 90 on a hill and I felt pretty bad.
I'm wondering if I should request the RR be turned off.
This is all I could decipher on the readout regarding this:
Sensor/rate fading (bpm) 110/---U
Upperrate response (bpm) 120/WKB
Mode switching (bpm). 160/DDIR
Pacing A/V (%} 84/0
Thanks for any feedback. I will have another interrogation and see the EP in 6 mos. unless I request a specific appointment.